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Been busy

I didn’t lie … I really am trying to be back.

The past few weeks have been filled with work. We are doing the forecast and budget for the remainder of the year and the next. I will be the first to say I had no clue what I was doing or what was expected of me.  It has been a learning experience to say the least.

Couple that with more get togethers and outings and you get one tired girl.

One of my many cousins is getting married next month. We had her bachelorette over the past weekend. It started Friday night at a hotel party. The entire party was late, so my BFF & I had a bite to eat. I capped it off with this lovely plate of Angel Food cake.

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Saturday morning, we met for brunch, where the majority of the lot were late again. It was a lovely brunch and by chance I ran into an old coworker I haven’t seen in at least 15 years.

After that we were headed to an obstacle course which I am sure would have hurt me seriously but the bride’s sister had a bit of an emergency and I agreed to take her home. I actually don’t think they thought I would do the obstacle course so I was volunteered.

Maybe it was a good thing I didn’t go as I came home and fell asleep on the couch for 2.5 glorious hours.

The earliest I have been home this week was tonight at 7:30. Not work related at all. My Dad gifted me a vehicle so he were getting it ready for me so we could do the transfer before he leaves on Saturday to visit my Grandfather for 3 weeks. The urgency was heightened as we needed to get it fully transfered before his birthday next week when his plates expire.

While I am not in love with my new car, it was a free and in better condition than my current car so it’s a big win and I thanked him for this gift. It is all completed now and ready for me to make my annual trip to Maryland in 2 weeks.

I am so looking forward to the change of scenery. I need a break from the every day grind. Plus I now have a bigger car … 🙂 There may be some shopping in my future.

 

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I’m back!!

I miss this space and am going to make an honest attempt to get back to here more often.

I have been out enjoying the summer and it is now winding down so I should have some time to write again. There has also been some reading. 🙂 I’m on track to reach my Goodreads goal of 25 books this year. Go me!!

Over the summer I have had the opportunity to visit/meet up with various friends and family. Great for my spirit, not so good for my wallet.

A couple of years (dang way too long), back I started an impromptu book club and I let it fall by the wayside. I will be reviving some sort of monthly or bi-monthly get together with my friends and family.

This will also get me to deep clean my place a lot more often. 😉 I just need to settle on my living room arrangement. A reorganization of my furniture is long overdue. I would like to change my TV stand and have been going back and forth with myself as there is nothing wrong with my  current one. However, I would like something with drawers to store my DVDs in to reduce the visual clutter.

I am slowly getting rid of things that are just taking up space. I am having honest conversations with myself regarding the likeliness that I really need all these things. It is a work in progress.

I have put off my kitchen renovation until spring. I would like to have less before I start as I will have to store everything in my kitchen throughout the rest of my place and that is a bit overwhelming right now.

Next year will be an expensive year as not only do I want to do these renos, I also want to travel. I have a cousin in Portland who teases me with the most gorgeous scenery pics. A visit is long overdue. To assist with this I am looking for a part time job. Not sure how successful this will be as I only want to work 1 or 2 nights in the week and on the weekends. I have applied to a few places and fingers crossed I can find a company that works with my lifestyle.

I was inspired by one of my cousin’s who managed to work a full time and a near full time part time job in order to come up with the down payment for her house. She has young-ish children and made it work for the year. My kids are pretty much grown. Diva will be 18 next month, so I have a lot of  some extra time which could be best used to make extra cash.

This is my short term plan; declutter, work more, exercise, repeat. Short term pain for long term gain.

Not a secret anymore

I forgot to tell you that while I was working the sale, one of my old coworkers was in the line up and came up to me to see what I was doing. I couldn’t lie and pretend I wasn’t working there so I fessed up. We had already planned to meet up last night before my accidental big reveal. It was all good. She was never really one of the chatty ones and has promised to keep my workplace confidential.

A different coworker wanted to meet for lunch and when I told her I was unavailable, it came out that I got a job.

She has since told others.

I’m OK with people knowing that I am working. I just don’t want anyone to know where. Reason being, the manager that hired me, that was let go last year was sent a cease and desist letter from the head office for breach of contract. Now her case is a little more cut and dry that mine as she started up a company in the same industry. But it would not surprise me if someone where I used to work was feeling extra vindictive and came after me, since my new job has a lot of shared customers as the old one.

It’s a headache I am hoping to avoid.

My lunch buddy is a nosy, chatty one and I would prefer to keep where I am working from her as long as possible. I did reach out to her last night and told her I got a job but I down played it and surprisingly she didn’t push. Funny thing is she used to work where I am now working.

Plus, I also find that when people find out you’ve moved on they want to know if you can get them a job wherever it is that you are now at. Like you have some say in the hiring process of the company you just got to.

Does that sound bad?

Bad Decisions

In my first or second week, I was asked to volunteer to work the warehouse sale. Help set up on Friday night for a free box. Work the sale on Saturday and get a lieu day. I signed up for both. It was said that I might not have to work, until our “friends and family” sale made a local popular blog. At that point it was all hands on deck.

Meanwhile my BFF calls to say we’ve been invited out … on the same Friday. I agree to go.

I get up at 6:30-ish every morning as I have to get my workout in!! 😛 The “work” day was cut short for those doing the set up. So from 3:30-9pm I opened boxes and dumped heavy items into a bin … on my feet … in a hot dusty warehouse. It was not pretty.

I get home with just enough time to shower and clean myself up before my BFF comes to pick me up. I tell her of my day and the fact that I have to be back at work for 7:30am the next day.

We stay out until after 2am. 😲

I get up at 6:30am and curse my bad decisions. I did not have to stay at work until 9. I was supposed to leave earlier so I could nap before the club. But I was already there and there was so much to do.

We guesstimate that there was at least 2500 people who showed up for the sale. I managed to finish out my shift without issue. In fact I even ran a few errands before going home. But once I stopped moving, it was game over. Although I only slept for 2 hours around 7pm, it sort of messed up my sleep and I had a hard time falling asleep Saturday night.

On Sunday guess who went to bed not feeling very well? This girl!! Yup I  have been fighting a cold all week and I am not sure I am winning. 😦

Basic take away, sleep is important my friends, very important.

I’m in a good place

Life is just humming along. I don’t know if it’s old age or I am just having fun but time seems to be flying.

I seem to talk to my old coworkers more now that I did when I worked with them. Their work situation seems to keep getting worse. Last Wednesday, the marketing person gave notice. She has nothing lined up but was feeling overwhelmed and taken advantage of and just reached her breaking point.

On Friday, one of my old team members handed in her letter of resignation. The VP managed to talk her off the ledge by taking her on a guilt trip and promising that things will get better. She has agreed to stay until the end of July.

The manager has been off for over a week on stress leave. To compensate, the VP has promoted the team member that was hired after me. Apparently on Friday, every member of the team went into the VP’s office to express their dismay over the promotion. Especially since the VP would like to change moral and as per my old coworkers, the promoted one was one of the most negative in the place.

Needless to say this did not go over well with the new team leader and I got an earful. Poor girl. To top it off this “promotion” came with no training or additional salary, but a promise to revisit in 3 months. O_o

I feel very fortunate to be out of that environment.

For everyone still working there I really hope that there is a big shake up and improvements are really made.

Week 1 is over

On Friday at 5 pm I left my new workplace and danced in the streets. So far there has been nothing glaring that has happened to make me want to continue job searching.

My coworkers are friendly. The work has been slowly increasing. The expectations are that training will take at least 2 months. And even with that time frame I was told to double it as the business is “tricky”.

Hey they are not expecting me to do “real” work in the first week. That’s a plus in my book. I have worked at 2 places where by the end of the first week I was doing quotes and I had no product knowledge.

Over the past week, I also received many updates from my old coworkers that reconfirmed that I made the right decision. They are beyond miserable and it is not getting better. My heart breaks for them.

I am in a good place right now and I don’ feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. 🙂

Not a secret anymore

Most in my office are now aware of my departure. The feedback has been both happy for me and mad that I’m leaving as I get along with all of my coworkers. There is an underlying feeling of jealousy that I am leaving the mad house.

I was able to tell my friend I have lunch with ever day before the news hit the streets. She is upset that I am going as we spend a lot of time together. I have been more frequently talking her off the ledge as the stress is getting to her. Then it hit her that I have accounts that will need to be transitioned and her face fell.

My manager continues to look stressed and overwhelmed. My heart goes out to her. I have made a bad situation much worse. The VP has scheduled a one on one with my lunch friend next week. I think this is a temperature check and a bid to convince her not to jump ship. I hope my friend can parlay this into some financial gain. It may help ease her pain.

I am glad that everyone now knows. It was interesting to see how fast news travels. My manager had a meeting with our team of 5 to make the announcement. At the end of the meeting she eluded that it was not anyone else’s business but mine to share this news. By the time I got back to my desk, 2 people who were not in the meeting were asking me where I was going. *smh*

8 more work days to go.